Top Non-Illmatic Nas Songs

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Illmatic is the best hip-hop album that’s been made so far. It’s Jordan. It’s Gretzky. It’s Ken Jennings. It’s Chipotle. It’s the best, not because everyone says it’s the best, although they do, but because to say otherwise would be really truly insane. It’s the best because nothing was better before and nothing has been better since – least of all the remainder of the Nas catalog.

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Glass Animals – Pools

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English indie rockers Glass Animals have followed up the sensational “Gooey” with the fun and bouncy “Pools.” It seems as though they’re channeling Architecture in Helsinki and world music vibes as they build a lush percussion section to support their expressive vocal harmonies. Dave Bayley sings precisely as he goes from a whisper to a falsetto shout. The song feels naturalistic with its thick beat, but occasional ambient electronic noises provide an interesting counter balance to the primal beat. Everything fits right in its place, and shows a confident band finding its own spot as well. Stream it below.

Glass Animals album Zaba is out June 9th via Harvest Records.

STREAM: Glass Animals – “Pools”

Mausi – Hideaway (Kiesza Cover)

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If we had it our way, we’d get to hear new Mausi every day. Until that dream becomes a reality, we’ll have to settle for their latest bit of ear candy: a cover of Kiesza’s “Hideaway.” While this one isn’t as party-starting as “Body Language” or “MOVE,” the ATG Records alums’ take on the Canadian chart-topper is groovy and laid-back while still sounding 100% Mausi. Give it a listen below.

STREAM: Mausi – “Hideaway (Kiesza Cover)”

Festival Fever: MS MR

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The latest artists to star in Diffuser.fm’s Festival Fever series are none other than MS MR. The alt-pop duo have come a long way since posting their songs online over two years ago and will be making an appearance on the Coachella main stage this weekend. Hit the jump to watch an interview with Max and Lizzy — in which they talk about meeting each other, adjusting to tour life, festivals and more — along with performances of “Think Of You” and “Hurricane.”

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#TBT: Big L – Put It On (Sam Sullivan Remix)

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This week we’re dialing it back to 1995 with Sam Sullivan’s remix of Big L’s “Put It On.” The original comes off of Big L’s debut album Lifestylez Ov Da Poor And Dangerous. Gangsta rap was on the rise at the time, and producing a song that was single-worthy while still maintaining its “gangstaness” was an art in and of itself. Nevermind that Sullivan was one year old at the release of the original, because this Concord, NH native is certainly in touch with his inner gangsta. He begins with a soft intro, fading in the patois chatta, but then layers heaps of hard-hitting bass on top of the original’s minimalist beat. Give it a listen below.

DOWNLOAD: Big L – “Put It On (Sam Sullivan Remix)”

Vacationer – The Wild Life

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Tropical pop doesn’t come to anybody quite as naturally as it does to Vacationer. If you need proof, look no further than their 2012 Downtown debut Gone. Kenny Vasoli and co. are set to follow that phenomenal release up this year with a sophomore album — Relief. Quite the leisurely title, right? Our first taste of the upcoming LP is “The Wild Life,” a delightful piece of glitchy electronic island pop. Give it a listen below.

Vacationer’s Relief is slated for a June 24th release via Downtown. You can catch them on tour now with Hellogoodbye — dates available here.

STREAM: Vacationer – “The Wild Life”

Wolf Alice – Storms

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Wolf Alice follow up this month’s ferocious “Moaning Lisa Smile” with another gut-punch of a track: “Storms.” While the latest from the London grunge-pop champions is less about balls-to-the-wall power chords than its predecessor, it more than makes up for those with a barrage of sonic guitar. And as always, Ellie Roswell’s hypnotic vocals are front and center. Give “Storms” a listen below and stay tuned for Wolf Alice’s Creature Songs EP, out May 26th via Dirty Hit.

STREAM: Wolf Alice – “Storms”

Interview: Djemba Djemba

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Two of the most forward thinking hip-hop producers in the game — Djemba Djemba and Mr. Carmack — have teamed up for a quick joint tour across the country, hitting up Wallplay in NYC this Friday, April 18th. Both producers are nearly peerless when it comes to flipping hip-hop, pop and experimental beat samples to create songs that sound smoked-out and otherwordly. Catch their Diplo & Friends Mix below where they drop the likes of Penthouse Penthouse, Kaytranada, Baauer and other floor fillers, bangers and bust-your-shit-open beats.

ATG spent a little time with one half of the co-headlining tour — Djemba Djemba. Originally from L.A., Djemba Djemba has spent the last couple of years contributing to Team Supreme’s beat cypher, and has released records on Mad Decent and his own imprint Rabbit Records. On top of remixing artists like Banks, Fiona Apple, Laura Mvula and Death Grips, Djemba’s music has been featured by the likes of Diplo, The Gaslamp Killer, Rusko, Baauer, Obey City, Major Lazer, Paul Devro and, as previously mentioned, BBC Radio. See what he had to say after the jump.

DOWNLOAD: Diplo And Friends BBC Mix – Mr. Carmack & Djemba Djemba

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ATG Presents: Communion DC

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Communion DC returns to Gypsy Sally’s on Wednesday, May 7th for another edition of the monthly series. Joining us this time around is an eclectic line-up featuring Neulore, Bootstraps, Busy Living, Cub Sport and The Sea Life. Whether you’re a fan of anthemic folk rock or tropical synth-pop, there’s something here for you. Get familiar with all the artists playing and grab your tickets below.

TICKETS: Communion DC
RSVP: Facebook

STREAM: Cub Sport – “Paradise”

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ATG March Madness: Final Four

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So college basketball is over. And it sure as hell isn’t March anymore. Nevertheless, ATG March Madness rolls on. Several weeks have passed since the beginning of our tournament and our initial group of sixteen has been whittled down to these conference champions. Hit the jump to get to know our Final Four contestants, but if you need a refresher on how everything has gone down so far, make sure to visit the links below.

RECAP: ATG March Madness Intro
RECAP: Round I
RECAP: Round II

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